Three-time defending Catholic League girls swimming champ Notre Dame Prep remains unbeaten heading into Monday's showdown with McDonogh, the league's only other unbeaten team and the only team to beat the Pirates last winter.
A year ago, the teams ended the regular-season race in a three-way tie with Severn. The Pirates already have beaten Severn, and McDonogh will swim against the Admirals tomorrow.
Last week, the Pirates (7-0) trailed by two points going into the 400-yard freestyle relay but edged the Admirals, 87-83, after taking first and third.
Jen Austin, Jasmine DeGross, Laura Robinson and Laura Nolan won; Ashley Ossmus, Lauren Taylor, Lindsay Krauss and Rachel Franklin finished third.
Nolan, DeGross, Krauss and Greta Walters are unbeaten for the Pirates, who also rely heavily on individual efforts from Robinson, Austin, Taylor, Franklin, Kelly Vaughan and Ann Thomas.
McDonogh (5-0) had two unbeaten swimmers, Jinji Fraser and Amy Hancock, and also relies on Kim Wright, Thea Burdnell, Michelle Freeman, Christina Spearman, Beth Sauer, Rebecca Propper, Meagan Oroszlan, Amy Kallaugher and Theresa Tufaro.
Because the recent ice and snowstorms have postponed several meets, the Eagles have four left to swim between tomorrowand the Jan. 31 Catholic League championship meet at UMBC.
"The key is total team effort, consistency from our top swimmers all the way through our role-playing swimmers," said McDonogh coach Brent Miller.
"We're a smaller team compared to Severn and Notre Dame Prep, and we have to rely on a lot of people for a lot of quality swims."
McDonogh senior center Greichaly Cepero has verbally committed to play volleyball and basketball at Nebraska.
The 6-foot-2 senior from Puerto Rico said she plans to stay at Nebraska for five years.
Next year, she will play only volleyball, redshirting in basketball.
Then, she plans to play three years of both sports, finishing with just basketball in her fifth year.
Cepero, rated one of the top 10 volleyball players in the country and one of the top 50 basketball players, turned down offers from UCLA and Rice for Nebraska.
"I felt comfortable there," said Cepero, who has helped the No. 1 Eagles remain unbeaten. "It was my first visit, and when I visited the other two, I knew I wanted to go to Nebraska."
Show won't switch yet
Despite previous announcements, The Baltimore Sun High School Sports Show will continue to air at 12: 30 p.m. Sundays on Channel 11 for the remainder of January. During February, however, three shows will air on Saturdays.
The February schedule: Saturday, Feb. 6, at 1 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 14, at 12: 30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 20, at 2 p.m.; and Saturday, Feb. 27, at 2 p.m.
This week's highlights include the showdown between No. 10 Western and No. 12 Dunbar in girls basketball as well as No. 19 Milford Mill vs. Catonsville boys basketball.
Mercy's All-Metro center Jamie Vogtman is the Featured Student Athlete, and Dunbar's LaKeisha Wills and Dontaz Dean are the Athletes of the Week.
Towson's Bev Snyder is Coach of the Week as she approaches her 400th career victory in girls basketball.
Pub Date: 1/21/99